Late last year another themed "Great British" Tv show began to air on BBC2 and I was hooked. This time it was a group of amateur potters making pots and plates and all manner of things against the clock and I began to wonder if I was able to make anything from clay? It appears that a lot of other people had the same idea.
When I rang the local adult education centre and enquired about pottery classes, the woman on the phone groaned and said "I suppose you watched that TV show" "Yes" I replied.. Well it seemed the demand was so high for pottery class they added an extra two a week. So January saw me turn up with 9 other novice potters to start learning . I must say, I love it. Not as much as my garden, but I really look forward to Monday mornings, and not a lot of people do. I have, over the past few months produce a variety of wonky, badly glazed items, mostly capable of holding very little. But then I had a light bulb moment, why not make a vase to hold my own home grown flowers , so I did. I know it leans a little to the left but I am really pleased with how it turned out .
We have had a short break in Cornwall over the last few days, and when we got back a few hours ago I was straight down to the the patch to check progress. I was delighted to see I had loads of flowers. Now I have already cut my first tiny posy this year , but this was to be my first of any size, and there were enough to easily fill the vase.
So here they are, my home grown flowers in my home made vase. I don't think you can get better than that.
I was able to cut Hesperis, Alium, Calendula, Knautia, Cornflower Salvia and Cerinthe, not bad for 17th May. I have another vase in production, so watch this space for Vase Mark 2 which is altogether a fancier affair.
Here is a pic of Gibson watching the seagulls trying to pinch a pasty from the lady sat on the next bench to us in Looe yesterday.